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Dive Review of Solomon Islands Dive Expeditions/Solomon Star in
Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands Dive Expeditions/Solomon Star: "Solomon Islands with SIDE", Oct, 2015,

by Jeannette S Arthur, BC, Canada ( 1 report). Report 8812.

No photos available at this time

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments SIDE is a new operator in the Solomon Islands.

We were greeted at the airport by a driver with a van and taken to the yacht club to await the boat's departure. Luggage is secure there if you want to explore in town.They accept USD at the yacht club.

The staff on the boat were all fantastic. They are amenable to feedback, and even changed the meal schedule at our request.

Diving - abundances of tropical fish, super healthy coral, interesting swim-throughs and channels, some emerging in the midst of the jungle! Was disappointed that we saw only a few small sharks. I wonder if they are being overfished for the chinese market. Despite bad weather the staff managed to give us 3-4 dives every day.

The food - was plentiful and very good - mostly stirfrys. They buy the fruits and vegetables from islanders who come out to the boat in canoes to sell there produce. The staff catch fresh fish for dinners. The cook did an amazing job of accommodating special diets - on our trip we had gluten-free, vegetarian, lactose intolerant, and egg allergy.

Alcohol - they run an honor bar and you pay up with the final bill at the end of the trip. Solomon Islands beer is good. Wine selection was poor but I heard from a friend who went on the same boat in November that the selection has improved (in response to my feedback)

Accommodation: I was in a room for four people - on my own. I think it would have been crowded with four. They have just bought a new boat so this part of the review will be obsolete soon!

one of the highlights of the trip was village visits. It is the most undeveloped parts of the world that I have been to. The villages have no electricity or indoor plumbing.but best of all you can buy amazing carvings for very reasonable prices. 100-5,000 SBD

1) If you would like to buy a carving buy Solomon Island Dollars at the exchange in Honiara airport or withdraw from an atm in town before the boat departs. There are atms within two blocks of the meeting spot
2) outside of the big city there is no cell service and only Solomon Island Dollars are accepted - but the only thing to buy is carvings.
3) on departure the only place in the airport with air conditioning is the duty free store post security. There is a nice bar in there to drink one last Solomon Islands Beer (very good) There is some artwork and souvenirs to buy but not a huge selection.
Websites Solomon Islands Dive Expeditions   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Red sea, Maldives, BC, Caribbean, Micronesia, Indonesia
Closest Airport Honiara Getting There Air New Zealand to Brisbane or Sydney, then Virgin Australia or Solomon Airlines to Honiara, much better than Fiji Airlines

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 78-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-70 Ft/ 15-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions maximum 60 minutes dive time, minimum 500 psi at end of dive, pool open diving
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments don't have an underwater camera
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